Four questions to help you decide if you should drop a LinkedIn Connection
Sometimes you need to consider specific people and decide whether they should stay in your LinkedIn network.
Now why you might want to do this is up to you. I’ve talked recently about my changing opinion on being an open networker – read it here (The reason why I have decided to shrink my LinkedIn network) and additionally I wrote about making broad decisions about potentially getting rid of groups of connections (How to Create a More Focused and Profitable LinkedIn Network). But what about making a judgement on specific individual connections?
I think it is as important to keep your LinkedIn network up to date with your current business practices. If you change sectors, win a client, lose a client or generally have an experience that makes you think
‘hmmm, maybe they are no longer relevant, or in line with, my best business interests’
you might then consider dropping the person from your network.
And not just them – depending on the reason you are dropping them you might want to remove everyone in their company. Remember that your status updates go to all your first tier connections as a minimum so if even one person in a company is connected with you then they might see your update which they can then share with their network or simply tell the other person about.
At the end of the day do remember that if you post something on the internet people will see it and honestly you can’t fully control who will see it. All you can do is make it a little more unlikely that someone will see it!
So here are four questions you might want to consider when considering if you should stay connected to someone on LinkedIn:
- Are they relevant to your business interests?
- Do you want to be associated with them?
- Do you want them seeing your status updates?
- Do you want them to be able to view your connections?
If they aren’t relevant to your business interests but they seem like nice people then maybe follow them on twitter, invite them on Facebook or some other social media. I’d recommend keeping your LinkedIn network business focused.
Say you decide that, having done business or spoken to the person, that they are a real jerk do you really want to show the business world that you associate with that sort of person? Guilt by association is a reality.
This needs to be considered especially if you shift your business focus and become rivals or competitors in some fashion. You don’t want them easily seeing all your clever marketing!
Yes you can hide your connections but it’s an all or nothing option. If you hide your connections from one person it hides them from everyone. That goes against the spirit of LinkedIn for me and if I don’t want someone easily being able to see who I am connected to then I’ll drop them.
It’s a choice you have to make but why should everyone suffer because of one person? Equally why should you network be cluttered by people who are no longer business relevant or individuals you want to associate with?
Take action and prune as necessary!
Until next time, be successful;Stephen Hart Development Specialist, Edenchanges.com